Photography

Coffin, Clifford (1913 - 1972)

The creator of some of Vogue’s most elegant fashion images and portraits, Clifford Coffin depicted Christian Dior’s innovative New Look and launched the careers of such models as Suzy Parker while he captured established individuals such as Ernest Hemingway or Gloria Swanson. A perfectionist, the British photographer adapted dentistry’s ‘ring light’ to photography in order to cast a shadowless light around his sitters, giving dramatic clarity to clothes and skin - a technique that would later inspire David Bailey and Helmut Newton. Surprisingly, while his images were all about hieratic airs, furs and drapes, Clifford Coffin was a wild and eccentric bohemian that difficultly fitted in. Reducing models to tears, pushing editors on the verge of nervous breakdowns, adopting a chaotic and scandalous lifestyle, the photographer was considered a ‘witty bitch’ that ironically retired in the 1960s , disapproving the new fashion style but whose way of life suited much better the pop decade rather than the uptight 1950s.

Tags / Clifford Coffin - British Photographer - Elegance - Fashion - Portrait - Scandal
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, June 1949
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, June 1949
Clifford Coffin, Joan Friedman, Vogue, March 1957
Clifford Coffin, Joan Friedman, Vogue, March 1957
Clifford Coffin, Jean Patchett, Vogue Cover, July 1951
Clifford Coffin, Jean Patchett, Vogue Cover, July 1951
Clifford Coffin, Vogue Cover, November 1951
Clifford Coffin, Vogue Cover, November 1951
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, September 1947
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, September 1947
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, March 1949
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, March 1949
Clifford Coffin, Vogue Cover, December 1954
Clifford Coffin, Vogue Cover, December 1954
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, December 1945
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, December 1945
Clifford Coffin, Mary Jane Russell, Glamour, July 1950
Clifford Coffin, Mary Jane Russell, Glamour, July 1950
Clifford Coffin, Mrs. Sidney Wood and Mrs. Stass Reed at the Table Tennis Club, New York, Vogue, July 1954
Clifford Coffin, Mrs. Sidney Wood and Mrs. Stass Reed at the Table Tennis Club, New York, Vogue, July 1954
Clifford Coffin, Mary Sargent Ladd, Vogue, November 1953
Clifford Coffin, Mary Sargent Ladd, Vogue, November 1953
Clifford Coffin, Simonetta Visconti, Vogue, May 1951
Clifford Coffin, Simonetta Visconti, Vogue, May 1951
Clifford Coffin, Glamour, July 1951
Clifford Coffin, Glamour, July 1951
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, January 1953
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, January 1953
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, November 1954
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, November 1954
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, November 1954
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, November 1954
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, September 1952
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, September 1952
Clifford Coffin, Linda Christian, Vogue, January 1949
Clifford Coffin, Linda Christian, Vogue, January 1949
Clifford Coffin, Glamour, July 1951
Clifford Coffin, Glamour, July 1951
Clifford Coffin, Glamour, March 1950
Clifford Coffin, Glamour, March 1950
Clifford Coffin, Sunny Harnett, c. September 1953
Clifford Coffin, Sunny Harnett, c. September 1953
Clifford Coffin, Catherine McManus, Vogue, c. November 1952
Clifford Coffin, Catherine McManus, Vogue, c. November 1952
Clifford Coffin, Cherry Litvinoff, Stonehenge, Vogue, April 1948
Clifford Coffin, Cherry Litvinoff, Stonehenge, Vogue, April 1948
Clifford Coffin, Enid Munnick, Hat by Paulette, August 1954
Clifford Coffin, Enid Munnick, Hat by Paulette, August 1954
Clifford Coffin, Bettina Balding, c. November 1953
Clifford Coffin, Bettina Balding, c. November 1953
Clifford Coffin, Glamour, September 1954
Clifford Coffin, Glamour, September 1954
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, 1955
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, 1955
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, 1955
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, 1955
Clifford Coffin, Suzy Parker, 1953
Clifford Coffin, Suzy Parker, 1953
Clifford Coffin, Wendy Rodgerson, 1948
Clifford Coffin, Wendy Rodgerson, 1948
Clifford Coffin, Patricia Cunningham, 1947
Clifford Coffin, Patricia Cunningham, 1947
Clifford Coffin, Models wearing Balenciaga, 1954
Clifford Coffin, Models wearing Balenciaga, 1954
Clifford Coffin, Barbara Goalen, 1948
Clifford Coffin, Barbara Goalen, 1948
Clifford Coffin, Deborah Kerr, 1946
Clifford Coffin, Deborah Kerr, 1946
Clifford Coffin, Jean Patchett and Ernest Hemingway, 1950
Clifford Coffin, Jean Patchett and Ernest Hemingway, 1950
Clifford Coffin, Leslie Caron, 1948
Clifford Coffin, Leslie Caron, 1948
Clifford Coffin, Mrs Winston Guest, Mainbocher, 1950
Clifford Coffin, Mrs Winston Guest, Mainbocher, 1950
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, 1948
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, 1948
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, 1954
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, 1954
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, 1948
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, 1948
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, November 1950
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, November 1950
Clifford Coffin, Suzy Parker, 1952
Clifford Coffin, Suzy Parker, 1952
Clifford Coffin, Jean Patchett, 1951
Clifford Coffin, Jean Patchett, 1951
Clifford Coffin, Babe Paley in Balmain, Paris, 1946
Clifford Coffin, Babe Paley in Balmain, Paris, 1946
Clifford Coffin, Jean Patchett, 1951
Clifford Coffin, Jean Patchett, 1951
Clifford Coffin, Model in suit by Balmain and hat by Legroux, Vogue, April 1947
Clifford Coffin, Model in suit by Balmain and hat by Legroux, Vogue, April 1947
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, July 1946
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, July 1946
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, April 1948
Clifford Coffin, Vogue, April 1948
Clifford Coffin, Svetlana Beriosova wearing jewelry by Cartier, London, September 1954
Clifford Coffin, Svetlana Beriosova wearing jewelry by Cartier, London, September 1954
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